The Flying Tigers
Talking With Tigers is a one-of-a-kind lecture and multimedia event. Frank Boring interweaves archival film footage of the Flying Tiger pilots with footage of pilot interviews and mixes it with insider details to bring this period of world history to life. He draws from seventy hours of interviews in the United States, Taiwan, New Zealand and Japan. Frank shares some of the best of the over fifteen hours of film footage shot by members of the Flying Tigers in Burma and China. Frank’s talk is laced with interesting stories and little known facts gathered from his eleven years of research on the Flying Tigers.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Frank is an historian and lecturer fluent in Chinese. His father, James Boring, worked for Claire Chennault in China and Taiwan as part of Civil Air Transport and Air America from 1949 to 1973. Because of Frank’s familiarity with the membership of the Flying Tigers Association, he has encouraged the members to preserve this important period in history. In 1999, he produced Fei Hu, The Story of the Flying Tigers with Frank Christopher. This documentary aired nationally on PBS as part of the “History’s Best on PBS” series. The 90-minute documentary video is available in through the EAA museum.
Who are the Flying Tigers?
Before Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, plunging the United States into WWII, this group of volunteer warriors were prepared to take on the entire Japanese military at the front lines of Burma and China. Japan had been bombing and strafing the civilian population of the Chinese cities while their army membership raped and plundered through Nanking and China’s port cities. With no modern aircraft or trained fighter pilots, China asked for help from the United States. The U.S. was neutral in the conflict, and committed to aiding the British in their defense against the Nazis. A plan was hastily devised to send a retired maverick named Claire Chennault to form a group of volunteer Americans to secretly do battle with the Japanese.